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Baltimore County emergency management leaders tomorrow will conduct a routine hurricane season "refresher" for Police, Fire, Public Works and other agencies involved in a response to natural disasters

Media are invited to a briefing in the Emergency Operations Center in Towson at 11:30 a.m., immediately following the training. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and the County's director of Emergency Management, Mark Hubbard, will be available. Media should report to the security desk in lobby of the Historic Courthouse, 400 Washington Ave., 21204.

Baltimore County's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management usually conducts two refreshers each year – one before the winter storm season and one at the start of hurricane season or peak hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season begins in June, and most tropical storm activity occurs during August and September.

Typically, the County’s low-lying coastal areas are most vulnerable during a tropical storm or hurricane. Flooding of inland streams and rivers also may be a factor. The Emergency Operations Center activates for emergencies that require a multi-agency, coordinated response.

About Tomorrow's Activities

Tomorrow's EOC exercise will reacquaint existing agency representatives and introduce new representatives to basic EOC functions and procedures; technological resources available during an EOC activation; and communication and public notification tools. The exercise will conclude with a mock scenario that will allow agency representatives to discuss how they would respond to such an event.

The exercise and media briefing also are an opportunity to stress the importance of personal preparedness. Nationally, emergency management experts say it is essential for every home or business to be prepared to get through the first 72 hours following an emergency. It does not take a major disaster to create an emergency; a power outage of any duration can create inconvenience or serious problems if families and businessses do not have sufficient water and an emergency light source.

Mother Nature only postponed “Shop With a Cop.” This Saturday, December 21 at 7:30 a.m., 110 officers and as many children will leave precincts from around Baltimore County to participate in the 12th Annual “Shop With a Cop” event.

Officers and children will drive to the Walmart store in Cockeysville. Once there, the children and their police officer “buddies” will do some holiday shopping with money provided by the Optimist Clubs in Baltimore County. Each child gets $100 to spend as they choose. Typically, however, most kids buy presents for friends and family.

After shopping, the officers and children will drive to the Outback restaurant in the Hunt Valley Towne Centre for breakfast. The breakfast is provided by Outback.

Largest Event

Baltimore County’s “Shop With a Cop” was started by Officer Michael Schmitz, Precinct 11/Essex, in 2001 and is the largest “Shop With a Cop” event in the state. This is a special Baltimore County Police Department tradition.

The Department looks forward each year to doing its part to give families a happy holiday. It also gives kids a chance to get to know their local police officers.

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